2021 Juried Competition Entry Guidelines


Dear Artist,

Congratulations on your acceptance in the 63rd Heard Museum Guild Virtual Indian Fair & Market. We invite you to participate in the 2021 Juried Competition which will be judged live at the Heard Museum. Entries must be received between February 1-21. All artwork must be accompanied by the 2021 Juried Comp Entry Form. Artists must comply with the 2021 Classifications and Divisions document and the 2021 Standards document. ALL submissions will be included in the online and onsite (Steele Auditorium, Heard Museum) Show & Sale on Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7. You set your price and all proceeds will be returned to you. Unsold art must be picked up or shipped (at the artist’s expense) no later than Sunday, March 14.

Key Dates:

February 1-21 Open for submissions
Ship to: Juried Competition 2021, Heard Museum Shop, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, OR
Hand-Deliver to: Heard Museum Shop OPEN TUESDAY – SUNDAY, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
February 25 Judging
March 4 Winners announced in a virtual event
March 5-7 Show & Sale of all submissions onsite at the Heard and online
March 8-14 Unsold art picked-up by the artist or an authorized representative or shipped back to  artists (at the artist’s expense).


Conditions for Entry:

Accepted artists (also referred to as artist/lender) may enter Juried Competition only for the classification(s) in which they were juried into the Fair and adhere to the standards for the classification(s) and division(s). Click here for Classifications and Divisions and Standards.

All art must have been made in the last 2 years.

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces of art in total with the following exceptions owing to space limitations:

  • Only 2 pieces may be submitted by Youth Artists in total.
  • Only 2 pieces may be submitted for Classification III: 2-Dimensional Art in total.

Artists may also enter one of their three pieces (one of their 2 pieces for Classification III and Youth) into the Open Standards Classification XI. Click here for an Open Standards Application Form. Artists must explain on the Open Standards Form why the artwork does not meet one or more of the established Standards.

  • For example: An artist is juried into Jewelry. Instead of submitting 3 jewelry pieces that meet the Jewelry Standards, the artist decides to enter two pieces into the Jewelry Classification and one object made of plastic or other non-standard material or technique into the Open Standards Classification.

Collaborating artists:

  • Collaborative pieces count as one item for each artist.
  • All collaborating artists must be juried into the Fair.
  • At least one of the collaborators must be juried into the Classification in which the item is entered with the exception of Open Standards.

All entries must be available for sale during the Show & Sale on March 5 -7. Be sure to fill out the sale price on the entry form.

Exception: With the permission of the artist/lender, the Heard Museum may buy in advance of the opening of the Fair.  The artist may display the Museum’s purchase in the virtual booth with a card stating that the item is a Museum purchase.

The artist/lender gives the Heard Museum the right to photograph any entry for record purposes and promotional publicity.


Entry time period: Submissions will be accepted between February 1 – 21, 2021. Artists may ship or hand-deliver their entries. No artwork will be considered for entry if received after 4 pm on Sunday, February 21.

Ship to:

Juried Competition 2021
Heard Museum Shop
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Hand-deliver to:

Heard Museum Shop
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Requirement: Each item entered must include a separate, fully completed and signed entry form. Click here for the entry form.

Authorized Representative: An artist’s authorized representative may deliver artwork on behalf of the artist. The representative must bring the completed, signed entry form which includes authorization for a representative to pick up art and show a legal identification (driver’s license, State or Tribal ID or a passport).

Judging and Best of Show Virtual Event

A panel of judges will assess and select winners. If there are too few entries in a division, the judges in consultation with the Juried Competition Committee reserve the right to combine divisions. Top awards will be announced in a virtual event the evening of Thursday, March 4. All other winners will be announced on the Fair website: heard.org/fair2021 the evening of March 4.

Juried Competition Show & Sale, Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7. All submissions will be on display and for sale both onsite in the Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium and online. Artists set their price and receive all proceeds from sales. NOTE: You must provide a sale price on each entry form.

Return of unsold artwork: Artists may pick-up unsold artwork and, if applicable, their award check(s) at the Heard Museum Shop, Tuesday, March 9 – Sunday, March 14 between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artwork may be returned via UPS at the artist’s expense. To arrange shipping and provide payment information for shipping, email juriedcomp@heardguild.org.

Pick-up by artist’s representative: If an artist’s representative will pick up the artwork, the representative must be identified on an authorization form or letter signed by the artist and presented with the representative’s legal identification (driver’s license, state or Tribal ID or passport) for the artwork to be released to their custody. Click here for the authorization form.

Distribution of award and/or sales checks to artists: Award-winning artists must provide a completed W-9 to the Guild before award checks can be released. W-9s may be mailed, scanned and emailed to treasurer@heardguild.org or delivered in-person when art is submitted or picked-up. Click here for a W-9 form. Artists may pick-up award and/or sales checks at the Heard Museum Shop, Tuesday, March 9 – Sunday, March 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Checks that have not been picked up by 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 14 will be mailed to the address on your application form. If a representative will pick up your check(s), they must bring a signed Check Release Authorization Form.  Click here for the Check Release Authorization Form.